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Almost 500 candidates running for 56 seats

DISY leader Averof Neophytou with Nicosia candidates (Christos Theodorides)

Close to 500 candidates will be running for office in the parliamentary elections later this month, it emerged on Wednesday.

According to the election service, 494 candidacies have been submitted – 180 in Nicosia, 29 for Kyrenia, 89 in Famagusta, 51 in Larnaca, 106 in Limassol, and 39 in Paphos.

Some 543,000 people are eligible to vote in the May 22 election. Over 20,000 youths have not bothered to register.

In Nicosia, a record number of hopefuls submitted their candidatures – 180 compared with 144 in 2011.

Almost 75 per cent, or 143, of the candidates running for one of Nicosia’s 20 seats were men.

Around 193,000 people are registered voters in Nicosia, which will operate 429 polling stations.

There were 106 candidates who will compete for 12 seats in Limassol.

The number of registered voters in the district is 110,787. There will be 331 polling stations.

Famagusta district will see 89 candidates, including 18 women, competing for one of 11 seats on May 22.

The district will have 51 polling stations to accommodate its 30,735 voters. The total number of Famagusta voters – includes those living elsewhere — is 110,879.

In Paphos, the district officer said 39 people submitted their candidacies, vying for the district’s four seats.

Some 49,000 people will be voting in the district.

Fifty-one candidatures were submitted in Larnaca, which has six seats.

Larnaca has 92,481 registered voters and will be operating 189 polling stations.

Twenty-nine candidates will be vying for Kyrenia’s three seats.

The district has 20,781 registered voters who will be voting in 83 stations set up in the other districts.

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